Dwight Allan Moody

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Born (1950-05-30) May 30, 1950 (age 73)
CitizenshipUnited States Of America
  • Georgetown College
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
OccupationAuthor, preacher, radio host
Spouse(s)Jan Gregg Moody

Dwight Allan Moody (born March 30, 1950) is an American minister, author, professor, blogger, and radio host. He is the founder and first president of the Academy of Preachers[1][2][3] and also the founder and host of "The Meetinghouse: Conversations on Religion and American Life", which is both a blog post and a radio show.[4][5]


Moody was raised and educated as a Southern Baptist but affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship when it was founded in 1991. He served on the steering committee of the organization before its formation, and recommended the name at its inaugural meeting.

Moody graduated from Georgetown College (1972), studied at Jerusalem University College (1973–74), and earned two degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary : Master of Divinity (1977) and Doctor of Philosophy (1982, with the dissertation, "Doctrines of Inspiration in the Southern Baptist Theological Tradition"). During his doctoral work, Moody completed additional studies at the graduate school of Notre Dame University. He has taught at LaRoche College and Duquesne University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Georgetown College, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, and Asbury University.

He was ordained to the Christian ministry by the First Baptist Church of Murray, Kentucky, and served three churches as pastor: Hopewell Baptist, Holton, Indiana (1975-81), North Park Baptist, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1982–1991), and Third Baptist, Owensboro, Kentucky (1991–1997). He later served as dean of the chapel and a professor of religion at Georgetown College (1997–2008) and as founder and president of the Academy of Preachers (2009–2017).

Personal life

Moody is married to Jan Gregg Moody. They have three children and live on St. Simons Island, Georgia.


  • Free and Faithful: Christian Discipleship in the 21st Century (1998)
  • Heaven for a Dime: Memoir of a Small Town Preacher (2002)
  • On the Other Side of Oddville: Everyday Stories of Religion and Life (2006)
  • It's About Time: Memoir of Ministry at Georgetown College (2008)
  • Nine Marks of a Good Preacher (2015)
  • Getting Things Done: Opportunity and Opposition at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (2017)

Moody is the general editor of the eight-volume series, Sermons from the National Festival of Young Preachers (2010-2017).[6] He is also the author of professional and popular articles about religion and American life.[7][8]

His essay "The Conversion of J. Frank Norris" was the first scholarly investigation into the transformational event in the life of the famous Texas pastor.[9] In 2011, it was awarded the Norman W. Cox Award by the Baptist History and Heritage Society for best article published in their journal during 2010.[10]


  1. Moody, Dwight. "Founding Partners". Academy of Preachers. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  2. "The Rev. Dr. Dwight A. Moody". Day 1. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  3. "Changing Scenes". InTrust.org. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  4. Moody, Dwight. "Dwight A. Moody, Host". The Meeting House. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  5. "Rejoice 975". Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  6. "Heaven and Earth: Sermons from the 2016 National Festival of Young Preachers". Chalice Press. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  7. "Honoring the Memory of Dale Moody". Christian Ethics Today. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  8. "50 years later, abortion remains a political smokescreen". Baptist News. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  9. "The conversion of J. Frank Norris". thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  10. "Norman W. Cox Award". Baptist History & Heritage. Retrieved September 24, 2020.

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